Students lose an average of 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency during the summer. Said another way, one summer vacation rips two and a half months of learning from the average child.
Research shows that when we stop practicing, procedural skills and facts are most likely to be forgotten. That means math, followed by reading and writing, suffer the most during the lazy days of summer. Continue reading “Summer Learning Matters”
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Rick Reilly, a columnist for ESPN, at a function I attended. Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a very big sports buff, but after we got to talking, he shared with me some of the details of a feature he recently did on an Arizona high school student who had been the victim of bullying.
Continue reading “Chy Johnson: One Student’s Battle With Bullying”
Eighty-five percent of principals believe their first priority is using student performance data to improve instruction . They firmly believe that using information allows teachers to target their skills in order to unleash student potential. There’s just one problem… Continue reading “A Principal’s First Priority”
I love hearing about things like this! More and more schools, cities and states across the U.S. are taking a global approach to education. Delaware governor Jack Markell has pushed for an education reform ever since being elected to office three years ago and it’s great to see some of his well-placed efforts starting to gain momentum. Continue reading “Value-Added Remodeling”
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates recently attend the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, TX and shared his thoughts on the current state of education in America, including possible solutions and trends to keep an eye on that may be in the near future for students. Continue reading “Bill Gates’ Classroom of the Future”
A recent study conducted by the University of California-Berkeley debunks the myth that entrepreneurship doesn’t pay off while exploring some of the similar personality traits entrepreneurs possess, including a troubled youth. Continue reading “Do Troubled Teenagers Make Good Entrepreneurs?”
We’ve all heard the statistics about declining student performance. I wrote an entry in my blog about how SAT Reading scores are the lowest in 40 years. In light of these declining performance numbers, the education requirements for good jobs in the US are climbing. Unfortunately, just 25 percent of students who took the ACT last year are college ready. Continue reading “While performance declines, requirements increase”
Aaron Harris takes a deeper look at how technology can help us expand on some of our most time-tested methods of educating today’s youth. Continue reading “Replacing the Classroom: As-Factory with Collaborative Learning”
A report came out last month that talks about what it’s like to be a teacher and principal in America today. Even though I work closely with Primavera and FlipSwitch, I didn’t believe how bad it’s gotten. Continue reading “God bless our teachers”
Bullying continues to be a growing concern at school’s throughout America. Described as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, bullying has become the most common form of violence in schools today. Continue reading “Sticks, stones and drama: the truth about bullying”